Woven Legacies: Celebrating African Artistry

Timed Online Auction, 6 - 20 February 2024

Woven Legacies
  • Bheki Dlamini; A Zulu figural telephone wire basket
  • Bheki Dlamini; A Zulu figural telephone wire basket


Lot Estimate
ZAR 65 000 - 70 000
Location
Cape Town
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About this Item

South Africa 1957-2003
A Zulu figural telephone wire basket
the interior depicting Nelson Mandela's 80th birthday and marriage to Graça Machel in 1998
5,5cm high by 36cm diameter

Notes

Bheki Dlamini, a pioneering figure in weaving, earned acclaim as a Master Weaver for his exceptional skills. Notable for his innovative approach, Dlamini departed from traditional Zulu patterning by incorporating figures and texts into his baskets. This unique method transformed each basket into a dynamic canvas, showcasing his artistic talent and making a lasting impact on the weaving community.

Dlamini's artistic exploration was not merely about aesthetics; it was a profound reflection of his staunch traditionalism and unwavering patriotism towards the new South Africa. Through his intricate designs, he intricately wove narratives that celebrated national events and sporting triumphs. His baskets became vibrant tapestries capturing the spirit of a nation in transition, and he skillfully melded tradition with contemporary themes.1

Literature

1 David Arment and Marisa Fick-Jordan (2005) Wired: Contemporary Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets, Sante Fe: S/C Editions, pages 45-46.

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